Finnius my birthday fish of 6 mo's ago is sick :( He is having trouble breathing so I turned on his UG filter 3 days ago and have been doing water changes every day the last couple days. See below. Is there anything I can do? I don't want to go to drastic (not a lot of funding here)--but I do love Finnius. See below for details.
What size is your tank? 1.5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 78-81 deg right now, but can dip to 74 at night (sml 1-3 gal heater)
Does your tank have a filter? Y--the under gravel aquarium kit one
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Y see above
Is your tank heated? Y see above
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Dried Blood-worms (not freeze dried) I didn't realize it was bad before but apparently he must have other things bc on the jar it said 1 or 2 x's a wk oops.
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2-3 sml segments 2x a day at 8am and at 5p I tried the canned pea and he wouldn't touch it--it fell way too fast to the bottom--If i were him i wouldn't try to go after it if i couldn't move too well.
How often do you perform a water change? the past wk: every other to the last 3 days, every day.--and before that every 2-3 days.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? none
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
pH: ? have kit--last i tested it was normal range for my city's water
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He's had some slight little holes in his fins which went away w/ BettaFix day b4 yest. and came back 2day after i changed his water yest. His tummy area looks faded/weird. There's a nick on his head.
NO fungus/patches or anything like that.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? heavy/labored breathing, for the past wk. no eating for the last 2+ wks. Tried peas also and pellets and blood worms (dried not fd) Seems to be harder to keep upright-body curls more, but he's not going sideways or having a huge amt of trouble swimming horizontally such as is seen in Swim blad--But his tail end seems to drag more than usual. B4 i put the epsom salts in yest. he was having a really hard time getting air and flailing wildly in a circle at the top to get a breath. Today it's easier for him to get it, but still heavy breathing.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 3 wks ago I also remember putting him in for 5 seconds before i realized i didn't put de-chlorine drops in so then i put them in. It also was colder temps at that time-I didn't realize it had to be so high--people said 74-81 is acceptable, but apparently 74 is too low? It was that some mornings or 73-72 even bc of the night coldness.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Y See above on water changes, Also yesterday put 1 tsp of Epsom salt in as suggested on a web site.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not that I know of, but his right lung always seemed to stick out more than the L.
How old is your fish (approximately)? got him 6 mo's ago.--Adult.